Objective. Realistic. Magical

Cabinet exhibtion
Running time: August 20, 2020 through to July 18, 2021

The 1920s was a decade of extremes. The years between the two World Wars saw life oscillate between exuberance and crisis, glamour and tragedy to an almost unprecedented extent. The political and social upheavals caused by the First World War prompted artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz and Otto Pankok to seek a new way of looking at reality beyond the celebrated glamour of the “Golden Twenties”. Hunger, social deprivation, prostitution, housing shortages, and disabilities incurred through wartime injuries predominate in their works, which, in a departure from the abstract and subjective tendencies of Expressionism, are characterized by a visual language ranging from prosaic to trenchant caricature.


Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, Das tägliche Brot, 1923, Photo: Bernd Kirtz


The Lehmbruck Museum is dedicating a cabinet exhibition to the multi-facetted artistic currents of the inter-War years in Germany, which found their preliminary end with the onset of the defamatory measures that were part and parcel of the Nazis’ cultural policy. On view are select paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from the renowned Lehmbruck Museum collection that in a direct, revealing, at times ironic, at others dreamy way paint a picture of a society between irrepressible joie de vivre and social inequalities.